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    What's my theology?

    "No Christian can avoid theology. Every Christian has a theology. The issue, then, is not, do we want to have a theology? That's a given. The real issue is, do we have a sound theology? Do we embrace true or false doctrine?" R. C. Sproul

    I have a confession to make: I am a Calvinistic, charismatic, complementarian, Christian hedonist. Confused? Read more here. Having written this article (well I can't even say I wrote much of the article myself), I am now running for cover in the trenches while the bullets fly at me from all directions.. Merry Christmas everyone!!! :-)

    - Rev. John Samson

    Posted by John Samson on December 9, 2007 01:31 AM


    There will be no bullets fired from my gun. I enjoyed the R.C. Sproul quote. Thank you for that. But I do have a question, you did not mention your stance on baptism, why?

    I ask out of plain curiosity.

    Well John with some delight I finished every word, line, paragraph to the final end of this explanation of who you are and am now convinced you forgot at least one thing.

    Hmmmm, John, in that British sort of way, you are quite possibly wondering, Ok Michael, what one thing is it you are thinking about that I forgot to add to this?

    Ah, that's just it John, I can't remember, and when I do, I will be sure to write here in the combox and remind you of what that one thing is. If you remember before I do, well, just bring it to your blog readers attention then we won't be wondering anymore if indeed you forgot it.

    In fact, after this read, if you remember one more thing, it might just be way too much of a thing and this whole Theology could collapse.

    In the mean time, wow, thanks for sharing your complete theology. As I am thinking it through now too, I admit that it sounds reasonably sound to me as well! :)

    Hi Josh,

    I believe I address baptism under point 6 of the article. Was there something specific regarding baptism you wish me to clarify further?

    Hello John,

    Since you are concerned about being biblical, I’m curious as to what Chapter and verse you use to support #6. c. and how that might relate to Baptists since #6. c. Sounds more like a Lutheran?

    Hi Troy,

    Obviously, a whole article would need to be written on this subject to outline what I believe to be the biblical doctrine of the Lord's Supper..

    Well actually, it would need a book to do this.. one I would recommend is "Given for You: Reclaiming Calvin's Doctrine of the Lord's Supper" by Keith A. Mathison

    I'm not looking for you to explain the subject, I'm just asking for the Chapters and verses, what are there, about 10 maybe, more or less.

    Once all the verses are posted, I can study them for my self and see if they do indeed support your view of the LORD'S supper, plus I'll probably learn something.

    Hi Troy,

    Biblical passages on the Lord's Supper are easy to read, but actually require a great deal of thought and insight from the Holy Spirit to be properly understood. For instance, Jesus said "this is My body" - on this everyone agrees.. Jesus said these words... but what exactly did He mean by this? That's where thought and great care is needed.

    I would very much recommend you read the book I recommended "Given for you", or at least start with the article here (below) by Dr. J. I. Packer. He lists the relevant biblical passages for you here... but as I say, much thought and careful study is needed on this issue.


    Here's another article you could read if you're interested. It's from Calvin's Institutes, addressing the Lord's Supper.

    Thank you,

    I'll look into them both.

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